Trip Report - I-X Indoor Amu***t Park
Yesterday (Saturday), I drove up to Cedar Point for season pass processing.
They were busily working on various parts of the park (well, the picnic
area was being power-washed, anyway), and I did notice something
interesting, but in the interest of not spreading rumors, I won't elaborate
here 'till I know for sure. Anyway, instead of heading straight home, I
went East along the shore to Cleveland.
ROVING CAROUSEL ALERT: There is a European Fiberglas carousel at the
Sandusky Mall, presumably for a limited time. It had an Italian name plate
on it, but looks suspiciously like something by Josef Zierer. Lots of
horses, a pair of rotating tubs (rotated by riders, not by ride motion),
and a pair of rocking chariots. Interesting, the riser pole for the
jumping horses attaches to the horse's head, then the lower riser extends
from the usual point beneath the horse's saddle, but runs laterally to a
point beneath and between the horse's rear legs. I'd never seen that kind
of rocking jumper mechanism before.
FINALLY, THE I-X INDOOR AMU***T PARK:
Parking was $4, admission was $12 (POP). The entire West Exhibit Hall of
the I-X Center was filled with the Bates Bros. Carnival. One thing I
really like about this carnival is that their rides have a lot of flash.
Even rides like the Eli HY-5 Ferris wheel, the Eli Scrambler, and the
Eyerly Rock-O-Plane, all of which are shipped with fairly dull lighting
packages, have been dressed up with fancy, programmed Turbolite* displays.
This makes for a great display in the I-X Center. In addition, the large
number of rides and their proximity to each other makes for great visual
interest, with lots of things happening at once. Furthermore, the building
itself adds an interesting element to the ride experiences. Unfortunately,
another side-effect of this sort of set-up is a very LOUD room...compressed
air hiss, motor rumble, hydraulic pump whine, anti-rollback ratchet,
king-size Shop-Vac motors, gear noise, crowd noise, and screaming.
The ride selection seemed more limited this year than last year. Still,
there was quite a selection of Whirl-&-Hurl rides. I skipped the
"Black-Out" (Tivoli Force-10) this time, since I almost did last time I
rode it. I also made the mistake of riding the Skymaster. I looked for
the foot rail someone told me about, but there was none. So when we
stopped inverted, I fell out of my seat, my shoulders and chest landing
against the over-the-shoulder bar. I spent much of the ride bracing
against the car roof. No laterals, so no headbanging, but it still hurt!
There was a Zipper, which I also passed on, a pair of Super-Loops rides
(which I rode far more comfortably than the Skymaster), and a Falling Star
with a phenomenal ride feature...it is centered between two big roof
trusses. If you just look forward, the Falling Star provides a nice view.
But if you look to either side, you see that you are heading for those
trusses...! They also had another form of Flying Carpet ride, I believe
from Wisdom, which is the only one I've ever seen to use individual seats.
A decent ride, but not as *** as the Falling Star, and somewhat
smaller. Lessee...what else...Oh. Two Skooter rides, two Ferris wheels
(an Eli HY-5 and a Chance Century Wheel) in addition to the one through the
roof, a sizeable collection of kiddie rides, and something they call the
"Heart Flip". Mechanically, it is exactly the same as the Monsoon at
Wyandot Lake (a King Amu***ts "Frolic Ride"), but the cars are
heart-shaped instead of trapezoidal. I'd thought the Wyandot ride was the
only one left in Ohio. Two Round-Up rides, and a *** (Trabant) with
full-manual operation, running a full cycle which seemed to be inspired by
a Chance Wipeout. Scrambler, monster, two Rock-O-Planes, plenty of games
and concessions, a Pharoah's Fury pendulum boat ride which runs very well,
but which I could swear had a different drive mechanism last year (!). Oh,
and the only portable flume ride I've ever seen. I rode it two years ago,
but not this time...by the time I got back to it, it was shut down for the
day. That's where the industrial-size Shop Vac's were in use, trying to
catch the spillage. They had also set up a petting zoo and a collection of
participatory sport stations, including a video batting cage. It seemed
odd to me that they had a video image of a right-handed pitcher, when the
ball came sailing out of his left-hand side...!
Noticably absent were a couple of carnival staples, the Himalaya (most
carnivals have several variations), and the Thunder Bolt/Flying
I've been saving the best part 8-). The Bates Bros. brought along their
portable roller coaster, the . It is a Pinfari Zyklon; according to
one of the operators (running the back brake), the smallest model. They
were running four cars at the time; two more were sitting on the transfer
track, but neither was in operable condition. The ride was as smooth as
can be expected from a knockdown coaster, as the little cars buzzed around
the track. Even some near-air-time on a couple of the drops. No REAL
air-time is designed into this ride. Why? Suffice it to say that the seat
belts were not part of the original design (!). The is really quite
a fun ride, even if it must remain nameless for the moment due to political
pressures from certain groups. The sign was sitting on the floor in two
All in all, it was better two years ago, but if you like spin-&-barf rides
in excellent condition, and you can't wait for the carnival season to get
into full swing, you might be interested in the I-X Indoor Amu***t Park.
According to my schedule, it runs 5pm-10pm weekdays and 11am-11pm Fri-Sun
through May 7. The I-X Center is located adjacent to Cleveland's Hopkins
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Turbolite: A replacement for traditional incandescent light bulbs, often
used in carnival operations. An adapter made of high-impact colored
plastic screws into a conventional light socket. A small incandescent
light bulb fits into the adapter, then a plastic cover fits over the end of
the adapter. The Turbolite modules are more rugged than glass light bulbs,
and they enable a carnival to stock only clear replacement lamps, instead
of all the different colors used on the various rides.
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